Kurt graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S.in Agribusiness Management in 1996. He then worked with Farm Credit Services as an appraiser till joining Associated Appraisers of Walla Walla LLC in 1999. He holds the professional designation of ARA from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). He is the past president of the Washington State Chapter of the ASFMRA and has held positions on the board of the local Columbia Basin Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He and Mike Fredrickson became the current owners of Associated Appraisers of Walla Walla LLC in 2006.